How to make chalk paint

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how to make chalk paint

So I’ve heard about the glorious chalk paint for a few months now and decided to see what all the hype was about. If you love the shabby look you will l-o-v-e chalk paint. It gives you a nice chalky  finish and makes distressing a piece of cake.

One thing I love about chalk paint is it can be used on any surface. AND {bonus} there’s no need for sanding or priming your piece  beforehand. Anything that saves me less steps–>I’m there! ;)

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I looked up the chalk paint price point and it is about double regular paint. If you’re like me…you try to think of way to do it cheaper. Here’s how to make chalk paint at home.

With a little research and talking with a few friends I came up with this formula. I played around with different measurements and found this mixture to be the best consistency.

how to make chalk paint

How to make chalk paint-


  • Paint (I used ‘white raisin’ by Sherwin Williams)
  • Plaster of Paris (powder)
  • Plastic container
  • Water
  • Furniture wax
  • Paint brush
  • Vaseline
  • Cloth
  • Medium sandpaper (120 works good)

The first thing I did was paint the edges black. I did this because I wanted the distressed areas to show black and not brown. I put the black paint anywhere I wanted to distress.

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You can see here how much paint I added.

Vaseline painting technique

Then I applied Vaseline over the black paint. This will make the paint easily come off when it’s time to distress.

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For the chalk paint I mixed FOUR Tb Plaster of Paris and 2 TB water in one container. Then I added 2 cups of paint in the other container (okay, so I estimated). Once the plaster of paris mixture was a smooth (thick) consistency I mixed it in with the paint. If it’s still thick add another tablespoon of water!

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Then I gave my nightstand 2 coats of paint. I let it dry about 2 hours in between each coat. Yes I know it says let it dry for four…but I’m  too impatient. ;) Please note: the paint is pretty thick, but it will dry really nice.

distressing furniture

The next morning when my paint was completely dry, I lightly sanded the edges (using 120 paper). Since I did the vaseline technique the paint litterally just wiped off in those spots. This is why it’s important to not get too Vaseline happy. Lol! I may have on one side… just sayin’.

The Vaseline technique really did work great. I didn’t have to sit there for an hour and sand my edges. It only took me about five minutes. It also gives the piece a textured look, which I love.

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Once I distressed my edges, I protected the piece with a layer of  finishing wax. To do this grab an old cloth and wipe a thin coat on the furniture. Let it soak in for about 30 minutes and then wipe it off. You can see my little helpers hands in there too. ;)

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That’s it! Are you dying over this yellow paint color?! I’m adding yellow accents to my room and cannot wait to show you how it’s all coming together. Yellow is such a happy color. :)

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I seriously love a piece of furniture with curves! I found this night stand at Goodwill for$5. Look at her now! I’m still dying over the yellow paint! It’s the perfect yellow.

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To see a few more of my furniture makeovers…

B&W stripe table, Vintage grey desk, Craft desk

So have you tried chalk paint? If not, will you be trying it?

Have a great day! Come back soon! :)


To answer a few questions:

1. I used Latex (water based) paint with this recipe. I have not tried oil based paint. Flat and Satin finish works best.

2. Make sure to store the plaster of paris in a ziplock bag… inside. If this bag is left open it wont work as well the next time around. Trust me, I tried!

3. Make sure the plaster of paris and water is SMOOTH before mixing it into the paint. It may take a few minutes to stir out all the clumps. You can add more water if it is too thick.

4. Between coats put a lid on your paint and your brush in a ziplock bag. You don’t want the paint to harden. Stir occasionally to keep the paint a good consistency.

5. Whenever my paint starts to get thick I another TB or two of  water and stir.

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Jamielyn Nye

Lifestyle expert, Pinterest tastemaker and blogger at Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.